National Mutt Day

Today is National Mutt Day! Celebrated on July 31st and December 2nd each year, this day serves to raise awareness to the wonderful-ness of mixed breed dogs!


As you may or may not know, Duke is a mixed breed dog. When we first saw his adoption paperwork, it simply said Boston Terrier mix. We had been on the hunt for a Boston Terrier for a while and once we saw him we couldn’t say no! We later had it confirmed that he is Boston Terrier mixed with Boxer.


Can you see both breeds in Duke?

I love that Duke is a mixed breed dog. Most people can pick out that he is part Boston Terrier or part Boxer right away, but rarely do people guess both! He is the wonderful combination I have come to call the “Boxton”. It has been fun for us to pick out the personality traits in him that come from the respective breeds. For example, his ability to clear the room with his gas? That’s totally Boston. The way he plays with other dogs? All Boxer.

I don’t know if you can see what I’m talking about in this video, but Duke does “box” when he plays!

So many of the adoptable dogs out there are mixed breed dogs. Just because you can’t buy those cute breed specific bumper stickers, calendars, food, etc. doesn’t mean they aren’t just as wonderful as any other purebred dog! (Just think of all the money you’ll save by not being tempted by these things!) Many of today’s purebreds are crosses from the past. Like both the Boston Terrier and the Boxer!

Here’s a fun fact!


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Both the original Old Yeller and Benji were mutts that were both adopted from Southern California shelters, less than 30 miles from where I grew up!

In short, we love our mutt! Happy Mutt Day everyone!

Do you have a mixed breed dog? 


9 thoughts on “National Mutt Day

  1. Blueberry is a cattle dog/border collie mix. I don’t believe it though – both of those breeds are typically VERY high energy and while I see the cattle dog in her – I doubt the border collie. She’s just so laid back and not at all as demanding as I was prepared for. Mixed breeds are some of the best dogs – plus it is sort of fun to try and figure out what exactly they are mixed with! 🙂

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